Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

October 22nd, 2013
Highlights of this Issue
Healthy Living: A College Guide
IPCC Report
Winter Bike Storage
Working in Sustainability
Cool Sustainability Themed Websites!

 October's sustainability theme is HEALTH and FOOD


In the throes of midterms it is easy to settle for a lousy diet, insufficient sleep, and huge amounts of stress. In this academically tough time try to be conscious about how you treat your mind and body. It functions much better when it is taken care of and fueled properly.


Happy Fall!



News and Upcoming Events

Healthy Living: A College Guide



When you are feeling overwhelmed, its easy to loose willpower and turn to cheap convenient food. Here are some tips to maintain a healthy diet on a busy schedule.  


1. Stock up on healthy snacks

Have a solution for those late night hunger pangs at your fingertips! Stock up on fruit, granola bars, and nuts so you aren't tempted to eat vending machine food or get some fries at the grille.

2. Schedule time to eat meals - dont rush

When you rush through a meal you are more likely to grab what is
fastest and easiest, not what is the healthiest. Allow yourself time to enjoy your food and eat slowly.

3. Focus on doing well, not being perfect

Setting unrealistic goals for yourself is counter-productive! Allow yourself to eat absolutely delicious unhealthy things occasionally. 



College almost always involves some degree of stress. However, there are steps you can take to minimize that stress.


1. Get enough sleep

Everyone needs a different amount.This is tough but it is absolutely the best thing you can do to stay healthy and productive.

2. Exercise

A healthy body translates to a healthy mind. Stay active and make time to move your body.

3. Try not to overload yourself. Prioritize!

Its easy to want to be involved in every club and org that interests 

you. This is a bad idea. Prioritize what is really important and give yourself down time.

4. Get emotional support

Chances are, you are not alone in dealing with stress. Support each other and reach out to people if you are feeling stretched thin.

5. Avoid unnatural Energy boosters

Caffeine is a life-saver every once and a while. But overloading your system with caffeine when you are tired or stressed does not prevent the crash, it just delays it. 

6. Don't give up on your passions! 

Do the things you love to do. Just because your in college does not mean you don't have time to do the things that make you happy. Paint, read a novel, or lay in the grass!

IPCC Report Released: What This Means for Climate Policy

In late September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a summary of their latest findings on the status of climate science research. They concluded with even more certainty that human activity is behind the observed rise in temperatures so far and that serious and urgent emissions need to occur if we are to avoid more than 2 degrees Celsius of warming. In addition, emissions scenarios with their associated range of climate sensitivity and temperature increase were further adjusted to reflect advances in modeling. 

Link to full report 


4 Things to Know About This Report


1. The reports estimates are conservative

Since the IPCC reports are designed to represent consensus on the state of climate change within the scientific community, estimates on the consequences of global warming are typically conservative, with tendencies to underestimate rather than overestimate the potential effects


2. While they attract attention from the general public, the IPCC reports are really intended for policymakers.

When the IPCC was established by the U.N. in 1988, many of the contributing authors did not anticipate the amount of public interest seen in recent years.


3. The IPCC reports do not include original research.

The IPCC's mission is to collect and assess the most recent published and peer-reviewed research on climate change. From this extensive body of work, the teams of authors put together comprehensive assessments of the science of climate change, the potential impacts of global warming, and possible ways to mitigate the effects. The report's authors do not conduct original research for the assessments, so the IPCC reports largely function as summaries of the state of the field


4. The IPCC is considered the world's leading climate change advisory body.

As an intergovernmental organization that includes input from thousands of scientists and experts, the IPCC is considered the authority on climate change and global warming. The group's reports, with their focus on peer-reviewed research, undergo a meticulous review process involving thousands of scientists and government representatives. As a result, the findings of the IPCC reports, while conservative, are generally used as benchmarks in the field of climate research.



Hans Rosling - 200 years of global change
Hans Rosling on IPCC Report - 200 years of global change


Winter Bike Storage Program: More information to come 

Most people are not thrilled about winter biking. Unless you are one of the hardy few willing to brave snow and ice on your two precarious wheels, your bike will be left out all winter virtually unused. The ice, snow, freezing and refreezing is damaging to bikes left outside, and when spring comes, you may find your bike in disrepair or unusable. 
Don't let this happen to you! 
This year the Sustainability Office is giving you the option of safely and conveniently storing your bike for the winter.
*Pre-register for the bike storage program on November 5th, 7th, 8th, 12th during lunch in front of the Campus Center. The cost will be $10.
*Storage drop-off will happen November 14th and 15th details TBD.
 Plan on giving us your bike to keep safe and out of the elements this winter!

What is in your food, personal products, and cleaning supplies?

There is often some nasty stuff in the food you put in your body, the products you use on your skin. Don't be in the dark. The Environmental Working Group offers several detailed guides exposing what goes into these products and safer alternatives.


Click - Skin Deep

Skin deep is a cosmetics database with information on more than 78,000 products. Search for the products you use and learn what the ingredients on the back of the bottle actually mean and what they do to your body.

Click - Food News

Find out the pesticide residue levels in your produce and what you can do to minimize your exposure (which does not necessarily mean eating all organic food).

Click - Cleaners

Search more then 2,000 cleaning products, find out whats in them and what that means for you and the environment.


Help us make Macalester's composting program a success!


Make sure you know what is (and is not) compostable.



  • All food scraps (including meat, dairy)
  • All non-recyclable paper products
    • Napkins, paper towels, tissues; paper plates, cups, and food containers; paper milk and juice cartons; paper bags and waxed paper (fast food wraps, etc.)
  • Coffee grounds, filters, and tea bags
  • Pizza boxes (can also be recycled)
  • Compostable dishware with the Biodegradable Products Institute Logo (above)


  • Plastics of any kind, Styrofoam, foil, condiment packets, chip bags & candy wrappers 


The Environmental Studies Department hosts a weekly presentation of speakers and videos on environmental issues. All are welcome. EnviroThursdays take place in Olin-Rice 250 at 12 noon.


Thursday, October 31st

"The Future of Traumatic Urbanization"

Speaker:  Matthew Jelacic, Asst. Professor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado-Boulder

The 2007 Fourth Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that 145 million people will be permanently displaced from their homes in the next 90 years due to man-made climate change.  This number is more than three times the number of people displaced today by wars, famine and natural disasters and yet little is being done within the humanitarian aid regime to create strategies for feeding and sheltering this destabilizing human tidal wave.  This talk will explore the history, present conditions and future of refugees and their shelters.

Matthew Jelacic is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Design and an Adjunct Faculty member of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities at the University of Colorado. His research includes improving the design of shelter and planning for displacement caused by natural disasters, climate change and other conflicts. Prof. Jelacic received his architecture degrees at Pratt Institute, where he received the AIA Henry Adams Medal, and Harvard Universityʼs Graduate School of Design, was a Harvard Loeb Fellow in 2003-4, studied international human rights law at Oxford University in 2008 and was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Scholar in Residence in 2009. From 1991-2001 he worked in the atelier of Louise Bourgeois and in 2004 he became a licensed contractor.



Thursday, November 7th
"Cultivating the Atomic Food System:  The USDA, Farmers, and Civil Defense, 1955-1965"
by Ryan Edgington, Department of History, Macalester College

Between 1950 and 1970, the United States placed great emphasis on civil defense as a key tool for winning the Cold War. The construction of community fallout shelters and the promotion of home bomb shelters acted as vital components of that policy. The Federal Civil Defense Administration (now the Department of Homeland Security) encouraged families to stock two weeks of food and water in case of an atomic attack.  But what happened when those food supplies ran out?

In this talk Ryan will shift the spotlight away from suburbia and towards rural America. The United States Department of Agriculture played a critical role in educating farmers and food processors about production in the event of a nuclear attack. In a series of brochures and films disseminated to rural communities, the agency cooked up market solutions for post-attack food systems by placing emphasis on the importance of farming to the survival of the United States in the wake of an imagined World War III.


Maiden Minnesota
Friday, November 1st, 5-10pm
The Graves 601 Hotel (601 N. First Ave, Minneapolis)
Admission: $20 in advance, $30 at the door


Maiden Minnesota, an annual charity shopping event highlighting more than 35 Minnesota-based women-owned companies ranging from jewelry and clothing to apothecary and skin care.


More information at:

Locals Night at Trotter's Cafe
Every Saturday night, dinner starts at 5, music begins at 6.
232 Cleveland Ave N.  St Paul, MN 


Meet at Trotter's for dinner and music-- and if you live within two miles of the cafe, they offer a 10 percent discount off your meal! Also if you walk, bike or bus-- that earns you another 5 percent discount!


For a music schedule visit: 

Reuse Center at Bay West Site


Drop off unwanted household chemicals like paints, automotive fluids, and pesticides, and find free products you need at this new Reuse Center, located at 5 Empire Drive in St. Paul. Must be 18 or older to take products. Product availability and selection will vary.


April-October hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm and Saturday, 9am-4pm.

Check it Out!

Want to Work in Sustainability?


Are you interested in a sustainability career but have no idea where to start? A very nice guy has compiled a list of useful resources that can jumpstart your search! Check out this website for links to to websites and a brief description of what they have to offer.


Click here to view the website

Curious about local pollution levels?


Curious about the pollution levels in our neighborhood? Check out the MN Sustainability Data page.  Originally set up as a faculty resource, it includes links to Cancer Mortality Maps and TOXMAP (environmental health e-maps): 

Welcome to HOURCAR - your local non-profit car-sharing service
HOURCAR provides a low-cost, green alternative to car ownership. Target run? No problem. Concert in Minneapolis? Check. Visiting a friend in Duluth? Why not. Moving Day? Use one of our pick-ups. And for only $6/hr, with gas and insurance covered and no monthly fee you will still have enough for an evening at First Avenue or some late night Toppers. To new students and potential members: you can join our family, find other hub locations, and read about our community and environmental values at To the Macalester students, faculty, and staff who have made the Macalester hub the most successful in our entire network, we thank you and look forward to another great year! 
Special Deal: Sign up by September 30th and receive a $35 credit to you account (use code "Welcome")

Our Macalester Hub is located across from Patagonia on Grand Avenue. There you can choose among our practical and economical Honda Fits, our fun, gas-sipping Fiat 500, or our hardy Ford pick-up truck.

Quick Reads 
  • Why is short-sightedness blinding us when it comes to climate change? A look into human psychology.

Sites for Browsing, Exploring, and Brain Stimulation
  • A very cool visual representation of who is emitting carbon in the world literally as you watch. Also people who is being born and who is dying.
Remember reading national geographic on people's coffee tables and in bathrooms growing up? The magazine now has a really cool website with interesting articles, insightful ideas, and... you guessed it: Stunning Photography!
Current Opportunities
Get involved with Twin Cities' Environmental Organizations
Interested in pursuing a career in the environmental field? Ever wonder how the environment could be encompassed into the work you do? Consider doing an internship with a local environmental organization and learn a bit about what it's like to do work in this field. Check out the list of environmentally-focused internships provided by the Internship Office:

Need Help?

Contact the Sustainability Office!


We are located on the first floor of Kagin Commons, on the right-hand side as you enter the main area. The student-worker desk is located underneath the Sustainability Office sign, and Suzanne's office (our lovely Sustainability Manager) is located nearby in room 124.

Email us!
To contact...
Sustainability Manager, Suzanne Savanick Hansen:

Send one of your student workers to the Sustainability Student Worker Network!
Assign one of your students to work on sustainability issues for your department and send the Sustainability Office their contact information. We will assist with project planning and connect them with a twice-a-month sustainability network meeting.  


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